Nerium odorum Sol.


Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Nerium

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. It is known in the West Indies by the name of the South Sea Rose, and was much cultivated there for ornamental fences, till having been found noxious to the cattle that browsed it, it was confined to the garden.

History: 

Published in Hortus Kew. (W. Aiton) 1: 297 in 1789. Synonym of Nerium oleander L.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 74 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Cultivated in the Chelsea physic-garden in 1683; but had either become very rare or been entirely lost: for, on the return of an intercourse with France, plants of it brought from thence were regarded as novelties by our gardeners, and supposed to be different from those formerly in the country. But this is a mistake, the present being certainly the variety cultivated by Miller, as we have proved both by the description in his dictionary and the specimen in the Banksian Herbarium.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Nerium odoratum Lam. - synonym of Nerium oleander L.

Nerium oleander L. - accepted name

Nerium indicum Mill. - synonym of Nerium oleander L.

Nerium latifolium Mill. - synonym of Nerium oleander L.


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